A Free Man: A True Story of Life and Death in Delhi

A Free Man: A True Story of Life and Death in Delhi

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By (author) Aman Sethi

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Hardback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 218mm x 23mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 18 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393088901
  • ISBN 13: 9780393088908
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 1,116,541

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Like Dave Eggers s Zeitoun and Alexander Masters s Stuart, this is a tour de force of narrative reportage. Mohammed Ashraf studied biology, became a butcher, a tailor, and an electrician s apprentice; now he is a homeless day laborer in the heart of old Delhi. How did he end up this way? In an astonishing debut, Aman Sethi brings him and his indelible group of friends to life through their adventures and misfortunes in the Old Delhi Railway Station, the harrowing wards of a tuberculosis hospital, an illegal bar made of cardboard and plywood, and into Beggars Court and back onto the streets. In a time of global economic strain, this is an unforgettable evocation of persistence in the face of poverty in one of the world s largest cities. Sethi recounts Ashraf s surprising life story with wit, candor, and verve, and A Free Man becomes a moving story of the many ways a man can be free."

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A Free Man makes no promise of a happy ending. Perhaps no book about contemporary Indian society can. But it delivers more. It takes readers on a journey they might otherwise not go on. And that the destination is neither secret nor hidden shows that sometimes what matters isn t what s beyond our reach. It s what s before our eyes. --Sonia Faleiro"